Bruce Edgar has decided against accepting a revised role as general manager of the national selection panel, New Zealand Cricket announced on Wednesday (May 6).
Edgar, whose two-year contract ran its course in April, assisted Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, in matters relating to team selection, while also picking the New Zealand’s Under-19 team and New Zealand ‘A’ squads. He was also involved in NZC’s Talent Identification Programme in a part-time capacity.
“Over that time, it’s been one of the most successful periods for New Zealand Cricket, and it’s been a privilege to be a part of that,” said Edgar, who played 39 Tests and 64 One-Day Internationals from 1978 to 1986. “In particular, it’s been great to see the progress of the New Zealand Test team, and the development of so many new players coming through.”
One of the highlights of Elgar’s tenure came in the 2014-15 season, where New Zealand didn’t lose a single Test. They won five Tests in the same period, including series wins over West Indies, India and Sri Lanka at home, while they also drew a series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
The icing on the cake was their World Cup performance in February-March 2015, where the team finished runners-up to Australia.
“Bruce has been an excellent sounding board for Mike; a trusted colleague and a good, independent thinker,” Lindsay Crocker, NZC’s Head of Cricket, said. “We’re certainly disappointed to see him leave.
“Bruce felt he was unable to accept the revised role and terms and, while it’s a decision we regret, it’s also one we respect,” said Crocker. “He departs with our gratitude for a selection job well done, and with our best wishes in future endeavours.”
Changes to Edgar’s role were fuelled by a need to expand the National Talent Identification process to a full-time position, which NZC deemed as priority if they were to sustain the recent surge on the international stage.
The process for the appointment of the part-time New Zealand selector role, and the full-time Talent ID role will commence shortly.